The fire broke out as Dallas-based band The Polyphonic Spree’s tour bus pulled into a Houston venue’s parking lot for the first show of its summer tour.
Tim DeLaughter, the band’s frontman, was sleeping on the bus when he was awoken by someone yelling about a fire. He and the remaining members evacuated the bus as its driver extinguished the fire. The culprit was a broken starter.
The band played the Houston show but had to cancel another to fix the bus. When the band finally headed out again, its trailer suffered one blowout and then another.
Even with 14 years of experience traveling, DeLaughter said that was rough. Since that first night, DeLaughter said the band’s luck has improved.
“We had a little strip of bad luck, and then everything’s been fine,” DeLaughter said.
DeLaughter and band, which is composed of about 22 musicians, will be playing Friday at the ACM Performance Lab in Oklahoma City as part of their two-leg, 28-stop, coast-to-coast summer tour.
The Polyphonic’s Spree summer tour is promoting the band’s most recent album, “Yes, It’s True,” as well as a new LP of remixes of all the songs on that album. The remix LP, “Psychphonic,” dropped Tuesday.
Big band, small problems
The Polyphonic Spree is one of the largest bands of its kind, including a choir, a horn section, a harp and a string section. Sometimes touring is difficult, especially trying to fit all the members on stage.
To counteract the problem, DeLaughter said the band brings two large road cases to haul equipment, but that can also be used as stage extenders once they’re unloaded.
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